Offering modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines, The Life You've Always Wanted guides us on a journey beyond performance and externalism to a life marked by joy, peace, kindness, and all the signs of a faith that's vital and growing. Now with an added chapter on prayer, this expanded edition of the ECPA best seller offers an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that's worth living: life on the edge that fills our ordinary world with meaning, hope, change, and growing closeness with Christ.
©1997, 2002 John Ortberg; (P)2002 Zondervan
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"Easy to Identify with - Good Practical Examples"
This a really good book, not only for those young in their Christian faith, but also for those who've been around and need to "re-focus". Ortberg's presentation on the spiritual disciplines was challenging, but in a way that inspires rather than discourages. He also helps the reader to set reasonable goals for prayer and meditation on scripture.
While I tend to be suspicious of most of the "positive thinking" type books, this book does a good job of addressing the perpective that God intends for us to enjoy many of the "ordinary" things in life rather than live a life of misery. But at the same time, he doesn't downplay our call to obedience and role of suffering in the Christian's life.
Overall, I thought this was a very balanced book and worth the read. It would also serve well as a devotional read on the way to work each morning.
A few of the stories were so funny I was laughing out loud in my car.
"Sort of a modern"
I found Celebration of Discipline a great blessing when we did it our our adult small group, and I'm always looking for more edifying content to listen to while driving, at the gym and doing chores. This book is I suppose a bit of a dumbing down compared to "Celebration", but in a lot of ways it will resonate more for people like myself who struggle to integrate our faith daily and are a long way from being able to do spiritual retreats regularly or fasting, etc.
The author shares a lot of personal examples, which are either very helpful and human or a tad narcissistic depending on one's mood and personality. For me, I found it generally helpful and after having listened to it carefully once or twice, I now listen to parts of it at least once a week so as to remind myself of what I should be working on it my life.
In short, the book is a blessing for the younger or modern person, as it challenges us to be Christ-like in real, North American day-to-day life.
"Great intro to spiritual growth"
This is my second book by John Ortberg. I really appreciate his style and humor. He provides wonderful insight into the spiritual disciplines and growth as a Christian. I highly recommend!
"Excellent book on Christian spiritual dicisplines"
Good direction for someone who would like to grow in faith and maturity.
This was the first audible book I listened to, and I had nothing to compare it with. It was easy to listen to.
I love how the author relates his point with a story that the listener can identify with.
He did a great job of reading.
"Amazing! Just what I needed!"
Down-to-earth, spiritual teachings for everyday people to become more deeply rooted in God. Just an AWESOME book. Soul-stretching stuff!
One of the best narrator's I have ever heard.
Excellent. Easy to read. Entertaining, yet very profound!
"Great identify spiritual disciplines"
Easy and personable. light yet deeply informative. I enjoyed it. Will be going back and reviewing the material.
"A great book with challenging ideas"
Loved it as it was challenging and presented a lot of new and old ideas that I wad reminded about.
It's not hard to read but it good for all of you
I've listened to The Life You Always Wanted over and over, and each time it's like I'm just hearing it for the first time.
John Ortberg is a rare thinker because he has the ability to put to words your innermost thoughts and struggles.
Thank you, John for being so honest and down to earth human. 5 stars is not enough to express my gratitude to God in giving us
a thinker like you .
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